What is like for someone with a left perspective – socialist, communist, Marxist, call it what you will – to travel, observe and write? This blog explores what a left-wing traveller might touch, smell, taste, hear and see. You will read comments on people, places, experiences, quirky items noted or not, but always with a bent for politics and economics, especially for those who do not call the shots. How do I travel? I hate planes, which must be the worst form of travel invented by human beings, and avoid cars, but I love bicycles, walking, trains and ships – which will soon become obvious.
Home is always elsewhere, someone once commented. Or as Ernst Bloch, the utopian Marxist, puts it: ‘This is a place where one has never been before, although it is still native to us’ (Spirit of Utopia, p. 120)